The Mitchell Scholars Program is sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell Scholarship is designed to connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.
Each year 12 Scholars between the 18 and 30 are selected for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This graduate fellowship is for the early stages of graduate study: it supports one year of study – usually, a one-year master's degree program.
The program welcomes students in any discipline, not only Irish Studies majors.
The program recommends that applicants choose at least three programs at three different universities, but applicants may list as many as five. Choosing fewer than three can weaken a candidacy. In selecting programs, remember that the Mitchell Scholarship Program provides funding for one year only and there is no provision for a second year. For a complete list of Irish universities, consult: https://www.educationinireland.com/en/.
The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.
Once an application has been received and certified as complete after the initial deadline, applicants will receive information about the required video interview. They will have approximately 48 hours to complete and submit the approximately 10-minute video interview. The video interview is a way for the program to get to know candidates better. Mitchell Scholars represent their schools, their country, and the program when in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are no right or wrong answers; instead, the program wants to see how well candidates express themselves in a spontaneous manner.
Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, a record of leadership and extracurricular activities, and a deep and sustained commitment to public service. Highly valued are leadership qualities of honesty and integrity, unselfish service to others and the potential and to make a contribution to society. The program welcomes students in any discipline and of every background and ethnicity, not just Irish-Americans. Average GPA of Mitchell Scholars is 3.5.
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree before beginning study under the Scholarship. Senior, graduate student, or alumnus 18 to 30 years of age. Married applicants may apply, but no funding is provided for the expenses of a married candidate's spouse or dependent.
The essay for the Mitchell application should address why the candidate wants to be a Mitchell Scholar and why studying in Ireland or Northern Ireland make sense for his or her goals.
U.S. citizens only.
The national deadline, circa October 1 annually, does not directly apply to undergraduate students, who must apply for nomination through the University by the campus deadline. Graduate students or alumni are not required to submit an institutional endorsement but may submit an endorsement as one of the four required recommendations.
Completed applications must be submitted to SF State's fellowship advisor, Grad Stop Reception, ADM 250, by Noon on August 1 annually.
How To Apply:
This program requires institutional nomination. Students may not apply directly to the foundation or program. Instead, applicants must apply through the University by the campus deadline. Please note that University nomination is not guaranteed. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Applicants are encouraged to work with the fellowship advisor well in advance of the internal deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.